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A british beauty blog about all things health and beauty. I started with beauty but have grown an obsession with being healthy and clean eating. Follow on bloglovin if you want to join me on my blogging journey! I love to throw some lifestyle mosts in for good measure including travel! x

Saturday, 6 February 2016

DAYTRIP DIARIES: York

The other day, me and my boyfriend decided to go for a day out and as he had never been to York, I thought it would be a lovely idea to go. My home isn't too far from York; yet I can count the times I have been on one hand. It is such a beautiful intricate city so I really wanted my boyfriend to experience it. The day consisted of walking round the shops, going for lunch in the famous 'Bettys Tea Rooms' and I even managed to nip into a random beauticians to get that eyebrow wax that I have been meaning to get for weeks. 



York has some really nice unique shops such as old fashioned sweet shops and your typical souvenir places amongst the cobbled streets. The 'classy' high street stores such as LK Bennett, Whistles, Space NK, Kiehls etc also lay amongst these. There is a high street with all your classic stores and here is where you feel like you could be anywhere in the UK - I'm not so fond of this bit! The cobbled streets and cosy narrow alleys are my favourite.

The Shambles is my best memory of the streets of York and it really feels like you are living 500 years back in time!


We also visited York Minster. It was super windy as you can tell from my interesting stance...


We went for lunch in Bettys Tea Rooms. I wish we had got the classic afternoon tea but instead, I went for a mushroom pasta dish and James went for the prawn, salmon and haddock concoction with fresh orange juice. The fresh juices were lovely, I had the homemade lemonade: always my favourite!.I didn't actually take pictures of my food because I was so hungry that it went straight in my mouth!

Overall, we had a lovely day in York; I think it's a really nice place to go to feel happy! I recommend that if you visit, you either get the train or go to a Park and Ride. We did park and ride (Askham Bar) which is super convenient as there is a bus leaving every 10 minutes and it is £2.40 return. Parking in the centre of York is this price per hour! Just a heads up :)

Hope you enjoyed reading! Which other UK city shall I visit for a nice day out? I think I'd quite like somewhere like Bath.... LOTS OF LOVE,

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Friday, 29 January 2016

Managing Stress/Revision

For most university students, exam season is in full force and I'm sure a lot of you that are going through this period are feeling the pressure. I most certainly am and with 5 exams, I feel like my whole life is revolving around revision. I have just had my second exam and don't have an exam until Tuesday now so I am giving myself a bit of a break; catching up with you lot and watching some tv. 

Whilst in the university toilets yesterday I saw a couple of quotes that inspired me to make this post. I think mental health is really important and it is something a lot of people neglect when it comes to their education. I believe in doing your best and working hard for your grades, but your brain needs a rest at times. I know people that go to the library from early morning until late at night and I personally don't think it is healthy.



The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose thought over another


Sometimes the most important thing in a whole day is the rest we  take between 2 deep breaths



I hope this helps some of you feeling the same as me! Whether it be revision, work or the general stresses of life; just remember you're not alone and you WILL survive!
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Note: Whilst actually posting this, I have finished my exams and feel so FREE! You will get through it! Take lots of little breaks and still do the things you love! It will be over soon and you can do whatever you want!

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Tuesday, 5 January 2016

My 2015 Highlights

2015 has whizzed by and it has most certainly been an amazing year! I finished my second year of university on a decent grade and headed to Madrid, Greece and Venice. I aim to travel this year too and look forward to what is ahead! My last post was what my goals for this year are, so if you'd like to read those, head over here. 2015 was the year of positivity for me; letting my anxiety take a back seat and making the most of my experiences. I realise that I wrote quite a few posts regarding positive wellbeing.

January
My first blog post of 2015 summed up my end of 2014; strolls with my family around a local woodland park and a trip to Winter Wonderland in London with my boyfriend. I also wrote a post: 'What I learnt in 2014' which is interesting to look back on as well as  a lipstick collection post. I also did a little series: How To Beat The January Blues which included topics on being healthy and pampering yourself which may come in handy to you all right now; I'm definitely taking inspiration from my past advice! After lots of exams, I finally got to enjoy uni which meant going out with friends and partying.

February & March
I did my first (and only-oops!) makeup tutorial on the blog which went down quite well. Apart from a few beauty posts in March, I went a-wall on my blog and didn't come back until May. I explained this in my post: My Blog Disappearance. Meanwhile I was still partying and making the most of  my second year of university.
April & May
Again, a couple of months with a quiet presence on the blog but I was busy at university; studying and having fun. I still managed to do a few posts as I do love the blogosphere but here are a few pictures of me at uni.








June
June was my month of exams followed by freedom and what a summer I was in for! I went to see my fave singer Taylor Swift dressed as a cheerleader from the Shake it off video (cringeeee!). I was back to blogging and had travel on the brain so I felt inspired to write a post on 'Tips for booking a city break'. I was so excited by my freedom and did a 'This Week' lifestyle post which I always love reading when other bloggers write them.



July
July was a crazy month where I secured two jobs for the summer. One was a summer internship in a financial company for 5 weeks broken up over July and August and the other job was working as an activity leader for a study holiday company. I basically guided children from Italy and Argentina around London and it was such an amazing experience. I saw so many places I had never seen before: the Natural History museum, the Science museum, the British museum, the Tower of London, St Pauls Cathedral and even went on a trip to Brighton. Oh, that was an experience; the weather was terrifying. I was getting so excited for summer holidays and couldn't stop buying beauty minis. I also did two 'This week' posts. (1, 2)








August
August was the month where I finished my job in London, visited Madrid and went to my first ever wedding! Madrid was really good; me and my boyfriend saw a new city whilst getting some sun by the pool at the same time. We also got to go see our friend from uni, so it was really relaxing but fun at the same time. I did a post about my trip HERE. I also did some shopping whilst I was there and here is a Madrid Beauty haul post I did. (Sephora!) I also wrote about my poolside essentials.





Everyone finds it crazy that I haven't been to a wedding before but I don't think there will be another one that will quite match it. It was spectacular and every little detail was down to a T. It was my boyfriends cousins wedding and I did an outfit of the day post HERE.

September
This was the month of relaxation before getting back to the stress of uni! I got so excited for my luxurious holiday ahead and I wrote a 'Tips for packing for a holiday' post. I visited the most beautiful resort in Halkidiki and it was so amazing that we want to go back this summer. Unfortunately due to finishing uni and the financial issues that come with it, we can't afford to go to somewhere quite as amazing *cries*. If you'd like to read about our amazing trip and our romantic dinner on the beach, you can read it HERE. I also did an outfit diary whilst there; I didn't wear anything too shmancy but I like taking pictures in my outfits to look back on.




October
This was the month I was back at university and things really kicked in. However I knew there was both mine and my boyfriends birthdays ahead, so summer wasn't truly over. I took my boyfriend to Liverpool as his family originates from there yet he'd never bee. He even supports Liverpool FC! I really liked the city and I think he really enjoyed it too. Read about it HERE.

November
My birthday is on the 1st of November and got taken to Venice as a surprise. I got told THAT morning that we were going to Gatwick. How exciting and amazing! You can read all about the trip HERE and HERE - it was honestly so amazing and is such a beautiful city.





December
December has been my month of thinking, about a lot. I have to think about: exams, graduate jobs, commitments, my finances, holiday booking, and family issues. I'm trying to stay calm but I have to revise a lot as I have 5 exams and it is getting quite stressful to balance everything. December ended with good times at university celebrating Christmas. I had a lovely New Years Ever and am looking forward to what 2016 brings. Read my 2016 goals post HERE. I joined CheerDance at university too so here are a few pictures of me on some of the socials. (Yes, I am dressed as a Lindt Reindeer, love it.) I'm really glad I joined a society properly because I think I would have left uni regretting it.



   

So here are my 2015 highlights and I hope you enjoyed this post.

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE & I hope 2016 brings you all something special!

Lots Of Love,

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Saturday, 2 January 2016

Goals for 2016

Every year we make goals in the hope that our lives will be much happier but lets be honest, none of us really stick to many of our resolutions. However, I still make them so I thought it would be interesting to share them with you and check back during the year to see how I'd got on. I've split them in to career, health and wellbeing.



CAREER GOALS

Pass my degree with a 2:1 or 1st - So by mid June, I will have finished university with a Mathematics degree (hopefully!). I really hope to gain an upper second class grade or above in order to secure the best job I can do and obviously, to do myself proud. Mathematics is a very hard degree and to complete it with a good grade will be a real life accomplishment.

Get a graduate job - So this follows on from the first goal. I hope to secure a graduate role in something that I will enjoy doing; in an industry I am passionate about. I am very ambitious when it comes to my career and am constantly striving to improve myself. I hope it will all be worth it.

HEALTH GOALS

Convert to a plant based diet - After reading lots of actual scientific evidence on the health benefits of being a vegan and eating a plant based diet, I have been eating vegetarian/vegan most of the time. (I'd say whilst cooking at uni, I cook 100% vegan). As my other goals are to have graduated and gain a graduate job, hopefully in London, I believe this will present lots more vegan options for food on the go.

Cut down on sugar - This kind of comes hand in hand with having a plant based diet. This is because most of the sugary foods I eat include chocolate and sweets - both which include animal based products.

Drink more water - I get headaches really often, especially when I am doing work. I''ve realised it is because I am dehyrated! I tried setting my alarm every hour and ensuring I had drunk a pint and you know what? I, for once, didn't have that headache dizzy feeling that makes me feel nauseous. I have always been bad at drinking water and whilst writing this post, I realise I've drunk half a 500ml bottle of water all day as well as a bit of blackcurrant (and its 11pm at night). So bad.

WELLBEING

Relax a little more - Since meeting my boyfriend, I realised how unnecessarily I stress out. He is pretty chilled out and I used to stress out about the smallest thing. Life is for living to the full and what is the point in getting stressed out? I am currently reading 'The Chimp Paradox' which explains how your mind works and why we act the way we do. You know those times you say something to someone and after, think, 'Why did I say that?!' Well this book helps you control those feelings and helps you become a happier, more successful person. I recommend for you to read it.

Digital detox - Not only does the lack of water give me a headache, I think technology has something to do with it too. Been on my phone and my phone for too long makes me feel dizzy. I think it would be better for my health and well being to stay off my phone, particularly when with my boyfriend and at nighttime.

So there are my goals for 2016. I am not sure whether you will find this interesting but I love reading these kind of posts. I feel that it all comes down to a slight lifestyle change and yo yo dieting will never work so please don't make a silly diet part of your new years resolutions! I will write a post soon on how you change your lifestyle and diet to be healthier.

Lots Of Love,

Alice
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Friday, 25 December 2015

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas everyone!


I hope you have all had/are having a great day! Everything has finally slowed down a bit and today is an excuse not to do revision so here I am. We have opened our presents, had Christmas dinner, been to see my granddad and are now chilling by the fire watching TV after having some Christmas pudding. I am excited to crack out the chocolates later on. Not only do I love the food on Christmas Day, but also been surrounded by the glittery decorations and having lovely cosy films on the TV. 

I will try and post as much as I can whilst the exam period is here but I will definitely be back on blogging form after my last exam (29th January). Thanks to those that have stuck with me in 2015!

Lots Of Love,
Alice
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Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Travel Bucket List: Winter Destinations

Even though it is nice to be at home for Christmas, it is also nice to go on holiday during this time. Either somewhere to make you feel christmassy, or somewhere hot for those who hate the cold weather (me!). Therefore, I thought it would be very appropriate for the time of year whilst incorporating places I would like to go in the future.



Lapland, Finland: This is a place that will make you feel more christmassy. I really want to ride on santas sledge and see the Northern Lights.

Iceland: Again, another winter place. I think it would be really cool to go here when it is snowing and really cold whilst bathing in the hot lava pools. I'm pretty sure it is something on everyones bucket lists and I definitely plan to go in the next couple of years!

Norway: Norway sounds amazing in all weathers and I heard it can be pretty beautiful in summer. I want to visit Oslo but I also think it would be nice to head up north where there is lots of snow and it would be nice to see the local culture.

Travel around Australia: Australia is having its summer period right now so if you are wanting to escape to a place of sunshine, this could be the place. As it is so far away, I would want to make a real trip of it. I think I would start in the west in Perth and work my way east across to the Gold Coast. I would definitely like to stay in the centre of Australia for a bit and see the real outback.

Safari in South Africa: South Africa is also having it's summer right now therefore it is no better time than to go on a safari. I cannot wait to see one of my favourite animals; the giraffes!

Costa Rica: Our winter is Costa Rica's drier period and so this would be lovely to visit whilst seeing all the amazing creatures and wildlife. Costa Rica is a truly amazing country; it doesn't have an army and is just a super peaceful country. Apparently the people are really nice and it is a regular thing that a monkey will just appear on your balcony. The country is over 50% rainforest - ahhh doesn't it just sound insane.

Canary Islands: For someone who is looking for winter sun but does not want to sit on a plane for a long time, this is the place for you. The canary islands are a 4 hour flight from the UK and boast summer weather all year round. I particularly like Gran Canaria and have been here before as well as to Fuerteventura and Lanzarote when I was younger. Therefore this one isn't necessarily top of my bucket list but I would like to go to Tenerife and La Palma to say that I have been to the main islands. It is a short distance summer in winter after all.

Have any of you guys been to a great place in winter?

Lots Of Love,

Alice

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Thursday, 3 December 2015

Non-Beauty Christmas Lust List

I know my blog has been filled with wish/lust lists at the moment but I really enjoy reading these kind of posts and most importantly, I really enjoy creating them. I feel like when there is sales on after christmas, I can look at these posts and buy the things I have wanted for a while rather than impulse buying random items. I realise christmas is about much more than the presents but a significant part is presents, especially giving presents to those you love. 




1: Victoria Secret Yoga Leggings / £23.80 (Sale) / Link 

2: Adidas Stan Smith Trainers / £65 / Link

3: Ted Baker Cosmetic Bag / £30 / Link

4: Binky Waterfall Trench Coat / £45.99 / Link

5: Chelsea Boots / £35 / Link

6: Calvin Klein Underwear - thong / £17 / Link 


7: Boux Avenue PJS / £28 / Link


8: Nourish Cookbook / £- / Link

9: Diptyque Candle / £20-40 / Link 

10: Flat Kneww High Boots / £40 / Link 

11: Throw/Blanket / £37.50 (Sale) / Link


12: Missguided Playsuit / £15 (Sale) / Link

13: Roll Neck Jumper / £28.99 / Link

I hope this gives you an idea of something to put on your christmas list and/or something you can get for your friends and family. What is on your christmas list?

 Lots Of Love,

Alice
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